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Why The Triumph Bobber (or Speedmaster) Are Such Great Motorcycles?

On a long evening desert ride I was pondering what makes the Triumph Bobber & Speedmaster such a great motorcycle. I came up with a lot of reasons but so as not to hog the whole thread I will share just one.

These bikes are just so versatile.

Let's face it, it's not the most comfortable, fastest, best handling etc. But it does lend itself to our individual expression. For example I have mine set up as a vintage style light touring bike, others create really cool Cafe racers while many here stick to the classic bobber style. Some members bikes are so unique they defy a label.

What other bike can be all these thing? I can't think of a good example. So for me one of the real secrets to these superb bikes is that they do just about everything we want, not perfect but darn good and good enough to keep many of us happy campers..:grin2:

So why do You think the Bobber & Speedmaster are such great bikes?

Cheerio,

Roy
 

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Nice pic Roy but I don't see a helmet. Have you succumbed to the Arizona culture?

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Hi Chico,

No mate, my Davida is there alright. Always wear it these days, keeps my wife happy. You can see it on the seat in the closer pic attached.

Cheerio,

Roy
 

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Thanks Chico,

No problem mate. Yes she's one in a million. The first thing she said when I got back form my evening ride was "I was really happy knowing you were out enjoying a ride on your bike", promtely followed by "that sluuuuttt"...:wink2:

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I agree Roy... Over many years I have tried many bikes, but only owned a very small percentage of those. Over the last 20 years I've owned (main bike) two GTR1000's (Concours for the US) and was involved in a group that got private "demo evenings" at dealers. A few I can remember: Ducati Monster 900, Honda Hornet 900 , ST1100, VFR 800 and ST1300 (STX), Aprilia Tuono, second gen Triumph Trophy Tourer, BMW R1150RT. All of these I was horribly disappointed with when compared with the GTR... On to more recently, T120 Speedtwin joined the disappointed list compared with the Speedmaster

On the other hand I rode Suzuki GSX 1300 (retro), Aprilia RSV Mille, Guzzi Breva, Guzzi Norge, Guzzi Stelvio, Speedmaster... Of these I went to a dealer to buy a GSX1300, but they had a 700 mile GTR next to it at more than £1000 less, so head ruled heart. I would have bought a Mille if I had garage space. The Breva pointed me at the Norge, which I bought along with the Stelvio and Speedy, as they were all better than the current bike
 

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Forgetting all the bits and bytes tech...for me there's a heavy dose of nostalgic motorcycling pleasure.
I often get Jethro Tull's 'Too Old To Rock and Roll: Too Young to Die' buzzing around my head when I'm out riding.
 

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I’ve learned that I love vintage style bikes (for the nostalgia) with modern conveniences. I also find the Bobber relatively easy to work on.
 
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